Fotograaf: David Maij

dhr. D.L.R. (David) Maij MSc

  • Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
    Programmagroep: Social Psychology
  • Bezoekadres
    REC G
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 129  Amsterdam
    Kamernummer: 2.34
  • Postadres:
    Postbus  15900
    1001 NK  Amsterdam

Biographical Sketch

David Maij received his bachelor's degree in Brain & Cognition Psychology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2011. Two years later, he obtained research master degrees in Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical & Health Psychology (Cum Laude) after graduating at the University of Leiden. Since January 2014, he has been working as a PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr Michiel van Elk. The PhD project encompasses an investigation of the psychological and neurological foundations of supernatural beliefs at the University of Amsterdam. Webpage:


Research Interests

  • Neurological and psychological correlates of supernatural beliefs (e.g., agency detection, CREDs, theory of mind)
  • Behaviour change - I have a company aimed at changing behaviour (Neuro Habits)
  • (Altered states of) consciousness


Scientific publications

Maij, D. L. R., Franken, I. H. A., & Wetering van de (in press). Cognitive control in young adults with cannabis use disorder: an event related brain potential study, Journal of Psychopharmacology.

Maij, D. L. R., Elk van, M., & Schie van, H. (in press). The boundary conditions of the Hyperactive Agency Detection

               Device: An empirical investigation of the HADD in threatening situations, Religion, Brain & Behavior.

Maij, D. L. R., Gervais, W., Harreveld van, F., Schragg, Y., Mohr, C., & Elk van, M. (in revision).

Mentalizing skills do not differentiate believers from non-believers but credibility enhancing displays do, Plos


Maij, D. L. R., Schjoedt, U., Elk van, M., (submitted). Mystical experiences outside the lab: A

              pre-registered field study on the role of alcohol in God Helmet induced experiences,

              Religion, Brain, & Behavior.

Maij, D. L. R., & Elk van, M. (submitted). Evolved priors for agent detection. [Peer commentary on “Predictive coding in

              agency detection,” M. Andersen]. Religion, Brain & Behavior.

Elk, M. van, Maij, D. L. R., & Rutjens, B. (submitted). Development of a ‘Porous Theory of

Mind’ scale and the relation with religious and paranormal beliefs, Plos One.

David heeft een eigen bedrijf (Neuro Habits) dat gericht is op gedragsverandering.

Voorheen werkte David als commissielid en voorzitter van de ASPO dissertatie prijs. 



  • Maij, D.L.R. (speaker) (17-12-2015): The hyperactive agency detection device is defenitely not hyperactive., Congres Nederlandse Vereniging voor Psychonomie (NVP), Egmond aan Zee.
  • Maij, D.L.R. (speaker) (11-12-2015): Absorption is associated with over-attribution of agency in paranormal believers., Congres van de Associatie van Sociaal-Psychologisch Onderzoekers (ASPO), Amsterdam.
  • Maij, D.L.R. (speaker) (4-12-2015): On the (un)naturalness of religion, Workshop `Explaining Religion`, Vrij Universiteit Amsterdam.
  • Maij, D.L.R. (speaker) (18-8-2015): The boundary conditions of the hyperactive agency detection device, International Association for the Psychology of Religion (IAPR), Istanbul.
  • Maij, D.L.R. (speaker) (12-3-2015): Cognitive biases associated with paranormal beliefs, International Conventof of Psychological Science (ICPS), Amsterdam.
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